In this "3D" attraction there were several themes, including a
funeral, forest of trees, clowns and splatter patterns.
There was also an area they called "Club Crypt", which featured
a lone ghoul dancing underneath several severed heads hanging
from the ceiling.
At various points within
the haunt, there were actors positioned behind drop panels.
Unfortunately in almost every case, their timing was late and my
entire group had already walked by, before they attempted their
scares. Along with the actors, I saw a few animated
pop-out props, as well.
Throughout the house,
there were significant issues with the 3D effect, which really
put a damper on the experience overall. I don't know if it
was the high level of ambient lighting, not enough black lights
or just the artwork itself, but for whatever reason, the 3D
illusion just didn't seem to work that well.
According to their website, this haunted house has three levels.
While that may be technically
true, keep in mind that it isn't really three full-sized levels,
like the stories of a house. Along the path of the
attraction, patrons would briefly go up and down to the
different "levels" via a few short flights of stairs.
There was also a yellow kiddie slide that took you down from one
level to another.
Throughout the attraction there were several scenes of varying themes,
separated by dark hallways. Some of the more prominent
scenes included a morgue, a clown room and a cemetery crypt. The morgue was one of the most detailed areas inside the attraction. It featured a wall of morgue drawers and multiple autopsy tables, with a rotting corpse laying on one and a scantily-clad girl screaming for help,
laying on another. In another area, there was a
hallway with hanging clowns you had to push aside to get
through. This led to a larger clown room; however, in this room there were
only a few props that were spread around sparingly.
In the middle of the house, there was one long hallway with a
low ceiling that forced you to duck down, in order to get through to the next scene. As I moved along, an actress could be heard screaming in the distance. Unfortunately actor safety wasn't fully thought out in this area. The actress was actually laying on the ground and as I shuffled along
in the dark, I accidentally tripped over her.
There seemed to be a sufficient number of actors on the night
that I attended. Acting styles varied inside the haunted house,
but majority of the scare attempts were attacks from dark
corners. There were, however, a few actors who had speaking
parts. The most entertaining performances were those from the
butcher and the funny girl in the clown maze. Scare timing
was inconsistent, though. With the exception of the butcher and
clown scenes, costumes weren't really that elaborate. The actors
attempting pop-out or corner scares were dressed in simple
hooded cloaks, with either generic masks or basic make-up. Also, not all of the costumes were consistent with the scenes they were in. At the end of the clown hallway, one of the "clowns" was wearing jean shorts and a tie-die shirt.
Along with the actors there were a number of animated props,
although they weren't used in conjunction with any actor
scares. There were primarily used as eye-candy.
ending of the attraction was completely anticlimactic. In
the last scene, patrons were sent through a claustrophobia
hallway*; their next stop was the
parking lot. How disappointing!
I will have to say that I was very disappointed with this haunted
attraction. While the show had a few redeeming qualities, the
bad far outweighed the good. First of all,
they were very poorly organized. It was their second
weekend open, yet they didn't start letting customers into
the main haunted house until around 9:30pm or so (which is a full 2.5 hours past their advertised starting time).
There were serious technical problems with the 3D House (to the
point that it wasn't even really a 3D house) and
there were actor issues in both attractions.
Last but not least, this
was their first year in operation, yet they decided to charge
$30 admission. Seriously? Most of the top-rated
haunted houses in the Chicagoland area don't even come close to
charging that much, much less a brand new attraction like this
one! Considering this event's lack of entertainment
value, along with the fact that I walked through both
attractions in less than 11 minutes, charging such an
overinflated admission price is just absurd and completely out
of line. If you charge an arm & a leg, and then don't
provide a reasonable level of entertainment value in return,
customers will feel ripped off. I know that's the way that I
felt, as I walked out the exit.
Sadly, it seems that this newcomer in the haunted
house business is just looking to capitalize on the popularity
of Halloween and make a quick buck. It is events like this
that give the Haunted Attraction Industry a bad name. Needless
to say, this event is definitely not worth the ridiculous
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"claustrophobia hallway" is a pair of inflated fabric panels
that patrons have to push their way through.